General Charles Shikhani, head of the army in the Marjayoun area, said that by the end of Friday the Lebanese army would control much of southern Lebanon for the first time in nearly 30 years.
"We should deploy within 24 hours along the Blue Line," he said, referring to the UN-demarcated border between Lebanon and Israel.
Israel said on Thursday morning that it has handed over half the areas it occupied in the recent conflict to UN forces.
"We have transferred control of half the zones we were occupying in the south of Lebanon to Unifil [the UN Interim Force in Lebnon]. Unifil has then to hand over control to the Lebanese army," a spokeswoman said.
Gonzalo Gallegos, the state department spokesman, said: "It shows their commitment by a democratically elected government to holding the peace, to holding this cessation of violence, their willingness to act in accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolutions."
While the army will not allow the presence of any armed group, the cabinet decision did not mention any withdrawal of Hezbollah's fighters or the rockets they fired at northern
It did not say whether the troops would hunt for weapons. Many Hezbollah fighters are from border villages and Lebanese officials have privately said that there was no way to keep them away from their homes.
Mohammed Fneish, the Lebanese energy minister, said: "We have agreed to this decision without any reservations."
In an address to the nation, Fouad Siniora, the Lebanese prime minister, said: "The mission of the army in the south is to defend the rights of the citizens, the state's right and obligations to extend its authority over all the nation's territories ... so that no weapons outside the state's authority exist."
Hezbollah has promised to co-operate with Lebanese and UN forces, but has said it was the wrong time to discuss disarmament.
Increased UN force
Tzipi Livni, the Israeli foreign minister, said on Wednesday the speed of
"If there is a place that
"But if it takes time until the international forces are organised, it takes time until
More than 200,000 refugees have returned to the south without waiting for
Livni urged the UN force to enforce an arms embargo to prevent Hezbollah fighters from re-arming.
At least 1,110 people in
Amir Peretz, the Israeli defence minister, appointed a commission to investigate
Source:Aljazeera.netGüncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16